Montpelier shindig raises repair money [South Laurel]

Laurel Leader

Montpelier Mansion had a birthday recently. The mansion is now 235 years old. To celebrate the event, the M-NCPPC, Department of Parks & Recreation, Natural & Historical Resources Division, held a “Slate the Roof Shindig,” to raise money to fix Montpelier’s 100-year-old slate roof.

Under a large, tastefully decorated tent, The Big Band Theory of Baltimore played dynamite renditions of big band-era tunes and more recent dance music. Refreshments included a delicious meal provided by Putting on the Ritz, Clarksville Catering and Kake Korner.

In addition to ticket sales for the dinner itself, more than a thousand dollars in donations were received, and a silent auction raised almost $800. Guests bought exciting outings, art, dinners, services and more, all generously donated by local businesses. During the day, the mansion hosted activities for the whole family, including information about historic preservation and a scavenger hunt. A dedicated team of volunteers ensured the success of all of the activities.

It was truly a team effort, when everyone did what they loved, for a place they loved.

Dementia Friendly America Initiative is a national initiative to address Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Prince George’s County is one of eight national early adopter communities.

Some of the aims of the program are raising awareness and transforming attitudes, having options that enhance the quality of life, support caregivers and others touched by the disease and promoting meaningful participation in community life.

One activity available in our area is the Memory Café. Participants include caregivers and those affected by the disease. The café provides an opportunity to socialize with others and to ease feelings of loneliness and isolation. Activities to prevent boredom such as sing-a-longs, quizzes and art work are offered for both caregivers and those with dementia. The goal is to spark interest in continuing these activities in a home setting.

The Laurel-Beltsville Senior Center holds the cafes the fourth Thursday of each month from 2 to 4 p.m. Call the center at 301-206-3350 for more information.

There are also caregiver support programs offered at Morningside House of Laurel, 7700 Cherry Lane, on the third Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. Contact Amanda Owens at: aowens@morningsidehouse.com or Denise Kirksey at dkirksey@morningsidehouse.com or call 301-725-2220 for more information.

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